Barnsley Resort

By Ellen Archer

Summer is magical at Barnsley Resort, where fabled historic beginnings inspire today’s relaxing getaway just an hour from Atlanta in northwest Georgia. Whether exploring the formal gardens and iconic 19th century manor house ruins of the Barnsley family home or sitting back to relax by an outdoor fire, Barnsley Resort offers the pleasures and pursuits of a fine Southern estate. Inspired by the designs of Andrew Jackson Downing, Barnsley Resort welcomes guests to a relaxed setting reminiscent of an English village, complete with 37 charming cottages hosting 90 guest rooms and suites, tree-lined walking lanes, three restaurants, a spa, sporting club and special event spaces, all located within an easy stroll from your accommodation.

Guests may choose from diverse outdoor adventures including golf on the championship Fazio-designed course, horseback riding through the tree-lined village or playing paintball in an open meadow. Guests can explore the rolling hills and wooded paths, perfect for hiking and biking. Water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, cast or fly fishing take advantage of peaceful ponds and streams. Spa sybarites unwind with a treatment in the charming spa, where the resort’s signature lavender-mint fragrance inspired the Relax and Refresh Body Treatment.

For sporting enthusiasts, SpringBank Sporting Club is home to one of the finest sporting clays course{s} in the Southeast, recently expanded to 20 stations with the addition of an executive course. Wing shooters find upland bird hunting among the rolling hills and tall Georgia pines at SpringBank Plantation, an 1,800-acre preserve offering memberships and guided hunts for dove, quail, chukar, and pheasant from October to March, with guided turkey hunts in the spring.

Throughout Barnsley Resort, Executive Chef Roberto Guzman infuses the flavors of the region into menus at the Rice House and The Woodlands Grill with an emphasis on locally grown ingredients. In fact, what you see in the gardens that morning just might be on your plate in the evening, hand-picked by the chef to tempt you with the freshest tastes of the season. Of course, any selection may be complemented by a selection from our extensive wine cellar, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Or, share a round of a local craft brew with friends at the Beer Garden. Sample the Englishman’s ESB (extra special bitters), created by Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing exclusively for Barnsley Resort. Bourbon aficionados can sip on the Fairy Godmother’s Woodford Reserve, blended just for the property.

At the end of the day, relax in front of the fire or soak in a claw foot tub in luxurious cottage accommodations. Better yet, allow the Fairy Godmother to surprise you with one of her magical love spells to enhance your stay.

This summer, guests may plan a Worry Free Weekend including a $300 activity credit and breakfast for two daily in The Woodlands Grill. Mention this offer at the time of reservation to receive a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy during the visit.